Clarence Edwin Hippen, 86, of Beatrice, died July 10, 2012, at the Beatrice Good Samaritan Center.
He was born April 12, 1926, to George and Rebecca Schmidt Hippen, at their home near Adams, Neb. He was baptized April 28, 1926, at Zion Lutheran Church of Pickrell and was confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Filley. He attended Coffman Country School of rural Adams. Clarence helped his father farm near Lewiston until he was drafted Jan. 19, 1951, in the U.S. Army, for which he served his country for 13 months in Korea with the 809th Engineers.
He married Arleen Steiner on Jan. 25, 1953, at Salem Evangelical & Reformed Church of rural Steinauer. They farmed near Lewiston until they moved into Beatrice in 2006. He was a former member and charter member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Lewiston, of Zion Lutheran Church of rural Pickrell, and was currently a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Beatrice, the American Legion in Virginia, Neb., and was a lifetime member of the VFW of Tecumseh. He enjoyed farm work, raising cattle, attending county fairs, and attending his grandchildren’s activities.
Survivors include wife, Arleen, of Beatrice; two sons, Dale and special friend, Sheila Deardon, of Tecumseh, and John and wife, Jackie, of Lewiston; two daughters, Dorothy Scott and fiance, Les Heidemann, of Tecumseh, and Mary Lenners and husband, Stan, of Filley; 11 grandchildren, Abby McLennan and husband, Brian, of Kansas City, Mo., Jesse Hippen and wife, Misuzu, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Amanda Hippen and special friend, David Lysaught, of Denver, Colo., Becky Weakland and husband, Erik, of Nebraska City, Rachel Pickering and husband, Brian, of Crete, Bethany Berg and husband, Landon, of Omaha, Brandon Scott and wife, Cortney, of Gretna, Brian Scott and wife, Katie, of Killeen, Texas, Jamie Scott and special friend, Marcus Rist, of Lincoln, Natalie Lenners of Lincoln, and Blake Lenners of Filley; three great-grandchildren, Allie McLennan, Charlie Scott, Lucy Hippen; brother, Erwin Hippen, and wife, Pat, of Topeka, Kan.; sister, Laura Mort, and husband, Kenneth, of Pawnee City; sister-in-law, Charlene Hippen of Lewiston; sister-in-law, Carolyn Borcher and husband, Stanley, of Sterling; brother-in-law, Leonard Steiner of Burchard; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Rebecca Schmidt Hippen; sisters, Irene, who died in infancy, and Arene Janssen and husband, Henry; brothers, Herman, who died in infancy, Harvey and wife, Irene Hippen, Lorance Hippen; parents-in-law, Leonard and Dorthea Steiner.
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Beatrice, with Pastor Linda Walz officiating. Burial will be at the Lewiston Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday. A memorial has been established to the Lewiston Cemetery Assn. and the Beatrice Community Hospital Hospice Program with Burley and Genell Copas and Larry and Carol Riens in charge.
A family prayer service will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday, and then from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, where the family will meet and greet friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. Military graveside honors will be conducted by Fisher Post 367 of the American Legion of Virginia. A guest book for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.